Turn in Applications to:
MBUSD Food & Nutrition Office
Attn: Lena Agee
1401 Artesia Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90277
Since meals are offered at no cost to all students this school year, an INCOME STATEMENT in lieu of the traditional Free & Reduced Meal Application must be submitted. This is required to qualify for any type of school scholarship or fee reduction.
Please complete an Household Income Statement Form. You will be notified by mail of your child's status.
Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for certain fee reductions, scholarships, or local, state or federally funded school benefits. (These are the same benefits you receive when you qualify for the Free and Reduced Meal Program). This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.
The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME (gross income) is the income each household member received last month - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income. This gross income is the amount BEFORE DEDUCTIONS and TAXES. Many people think of income as the amount they ‘take home’ and not the total, ‘gross’ amount. Make sure that the income you report on this application has NOT been reduced to pay for taxes, insurance premiums, or any other amounts taken from your pay. Report all income in whole dollars. Do not include cents.
DO NOT INCLUDE FOSTER CHILDREN.
Foster Children - If you have foster children living with you and want to apply for them, please contact us directly.
After completing the Income Statement Form, please follow the "Turn In" info. Original applications must be sent, copies, faxes, emails and incomplete applications will not be accepted. All Income Statement applications are subject to verification.
Based on your annual earnings, you may be eligible to receive the Earned Income Tax Credit from the Federal Government (Federal EITC). The Federal EITC is a refundable federal income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The Federal EITC has no effect on certain welfare benefits. In most cases, Federal EITC payments will not be used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income, food stamps, low-income housing, or most Temporary Assistance For Needy Families payments. Even if you do not owe federal taxes, you must file a federal tax return to receive the Federal EITC. Be sure to fill out the Federal EITC form in the Federal Income Tax Return Booklet. For information regarding your eligibility to receive the Federal EITC, including information on how to obtain the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 797 or any other necessary forms and instructions, contact the IRS by calling 1-800-829-3676 or through its website at www.irs.gov.
You may also be eligible to receive the California Earned Income Tax Credit (California EITC) starting with the calendar year 2015 tax year. The California EITC is a refundable state income tax credit for low-income working individuals and families. The California EITC is treated in the same manner as the Federal EITC and generally will not be used to determine eligibility for welfare benefits under California law. To claim the California EITC, even if you do not owe California taxes, you must file a California income tax return and complete and attach the California EITC Form (FTB 3514). For information on the availability of the credit eligibility requirements and how to obtain the necessary California forms and get help filing, contact the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711 or through its website at www.ftb.ca.gov.
There are many options for notifying households about the EITC which may include in–person, electronic, mail, flyers, or by phone.
For additional information, refer to the IRS EITC web page at https://www.irs.gov/credits-deductions/individuals/earned-income-tax-credit or the California EITC web page at https://www.ftb.ca.gov/file/personal/credits/california-earned-income-tax-credit.html